Don't know about you, out of my experience in the last 6-8 month google doesn't rank new site for search terms with big traffic and lets it rank only for long tails with low traffic. It's an update that has to do with trust, and I suppose it's a way to affect emd domains, new ones. I've also notice that after 6-8 month it does gain trust and google does let the site to start ranking for high traffic keywords. There is a simple an cheap way to overcome this situation and start get rankings as soon as site is up and has backlinks. And that's to get domains that are in the process of expiring, should also work with already expired but haven't tested with lots of domains, so don't know, but I'm 100% sure that is working with domains that are in the process of expiring if you follow some simple rules. First, you need to know that it's hard to find good emd's using this method and we will focus more on branding. Here is how I do it: Domains that are in the process of expiring I get the ones that are very cheapNeeds to be indexed -Very Important, otherwise not so good, didn't tested on not indexed domains. LOW backlink profile, the less the better. I prefer the ones with no backlinks, but a few doesn't hurt. Same thing for moz, majestics . Why is that? better to have no backlinks than bad backlinks because we don't want to influence the anchor text ranking if not used our niche keywords. When searching try to find a "keyword" in the domain, but if domain doesn't have that's fine too. Think of it as a brand. If site will be about "old cars" the domain : www.lose-weight-fast.com isn't good of course, but this one www.wefast.com is good, because you can brand it and give it a sense, here is another one www.carajamba.com you can easily transform it and name it "All about old Cars by Antony Jamba". Hope you get the point. I usually sort by price low to high Check archive.org not to had porn, pills or poker in the past I like to get company sites, because they mostly are safe. I use domcop.com for this, but any similar tool is fine.